Everyone in the world seems to think (pick a random well-loved celebrity) Tom Hiddleston is an amazing person (I have nothing against him, might I add). But why doesn’t some well-loved, universally-known, super-duper-mega-ultra-mainstream person go on a tour through these towns where some high school football player rapes some girl and gets away with it and the local population of shitheads rushes to the defense of their shithead pride and joy athletes and bring a media shitstorm to them? Call press conferences, be bold, and remind people what’s right and wrong in places they clearly can’t remember (and think it’s okay to burn rape victim’s house down).
It’s not even like it wouldn’t benefit them, either. Look what bringing a reporter soup did. So they can’t even sit and say something like “I don’t have the time.” It would help the world on top of help them.
What is stopping them?
I just read this comment on an article:
Fairly unsurprising. All if this comes along with the endless narcissism that permeates our culture currently. Mix in a little unchecked consumerism and we’ve created a population where people mostly care about themselves and they must never ever be satisfied with what they have. Perhaps previously men evaded the aesthetic part of this plague, but no longer. Men are quickly becoming as vain and judgmental when it comes to looks, and thus, are being subjected to many of the disastrous hurdles that women have faced for decades.
I feel like anyone who blames civilians (not companies) for this problem is an idiot. What the hell do you think is going to happen when everyone is raised in a media landscape run by people who intend to use insecurity to make billions of dollars? It’s not any one person’s fault if they are insecure and it bothers them. How many movies are about how the main damn character is insecure and how they get over it because of some crazy event in their life?
We don’t have crazy events in our lives like that. We’re told the default state you should be in is self-hatred by almost everything. Our parents can even contradict it and it doesn’t matter - kids love their parents but don’t listen to them once you get to a certain point.
Also I don’t like that it’s only a hurdle until it is now apparently affecting men by this guy’s definition. Before that it was just rampant vanity, but no, now men are being affected so it’s a hurdle.
I find it really weird that Miley Cyrus calls herself “the biggest feminist in the world” (then immediately says she isn’t a feminist, but that’s another issue). A lot people are saying because she “takes off her clothes” she can’t be one, and obviously that is a load of crap.
But she isn’t. Feminism is about equality and choice, where is she preaching either of those things? She appropriates and objectifies black women like crazy, which is both racist and anti-feminist. And she doesn’t talk about choice or free will, she just acts like a spoiled brat with no regard for anyone or anything and basically says “because I can.” That isn’t the same thing at all.
Even so, there is literally nothing at all wrong with how she dresses or acts. It’s representing it how she does that I can’t abide. We Can’t Stop was what really put that on my radar, because there are lines upon lines of body positivity, love for all and free will in the lyrics of the song, while women of color and weight are essentially joke props while she lifts things from black culture without any regard every time she does anything. Which is a pretty big contradiction, if you ask me.
Simply being comfortable with sexuality isn’t feminism. It’s really not anything at all. People have been pretty comfortable in their sexuality for a long time now. Advancing women’s position to that where there is no question in anyone’s mind that sexual organs don’t determine your life path (I’m pretty sure) is. Miley Cyrus is really not doing that. She’s the pawn of a team of businessmen, just like many of her ilk, to make money. You think these antics aren’t planned? Controlled? Advised? Do you think there weren’t meetings about the VMAs? The EMAs? That time she took a shit in public? Okay, that one didn’t happen. But it will.
Being a pawn, even an outrageous pawn, is not feminism. It’s pretty much the opposite. And Miley is just that: a record company shill. They have a business plan for her and she is following it. Don’t tell me that is feminist. Equality and free will are, but when does a pawn have either?